As the Chicago Bears open the season against the Green Bay Packers on Sunday, concerns remain over the team’s ability to get to the quarterback.
It was not an impressive showing for the veteran defensive tackles Justin Jones and Andrew Billings during the Pre-Season and edge rushers DeMarcus Walker and Yannick Ngakoue saw limited action as they “ramped up” for the start of the season.
Even if the Bears do find success on defense in regard to getting to the quarterback, there still is a long-term need as both Walker and Ngakoue are signed to short-term deals.
That would be why Bears fans have been keeping on the drama around the league.
Prominent pass rushers are currently holding out over their desire for a new contract. With the Bears having two first-round draft picks at their disposal, there has been speculation that the team could pull off a blockbuster trade at some point during the season or wait until the off-season to sign a legitimate pass rusher.
One pass rusher who will not be signing with the Bears this off-season is Nick Bosa.
Bosa had been holding out of practices with the San Francisco 49ers in an effort to land a new contract and his efforts were successful as he became the highest-paid defensive player in the history of the NFL on Wednesday.
Nick Bosa will no longer be an off-season target for the Chicago Bears.
Bosa has totaled 34 sacks over the course of the past two seasons and there is no doubt that the Bears would have interest had he reached the free agent market next Spring.
There still are other situations that the Bears will need to monitor. Brian Burns of the Carolina Panthers and Chris Jones of the Kansas City Chiefs are currently at odds with their respective teams over their current contract statuses.
Burns is the player that the Bears initially targeted in their trade talks with the Panthers last March involving the 2023 first-round pick but, at the time, Carolina was not willing to part with the pass rusher.